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Doc_Drew

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Timing Belt pricing ?
« on: December 18, 2006, 08:37:35 PM »
I recenlty purchased a 2000 Passat V6 w/80,000 miles. I've since discovered that I should have the timing belt repaced. I've also learned that's it's a good idea to get the water pump replaced at the same time. I've gotten several quotes for this job, some from dealers and a few from "specialty shops". Pricing is ranging from $800-$1100. Is this correct?

I realized the front of the car must come off and that is this very labor intensive.

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« Reply #1 on: December 18, 2006, 09:26:44 PM »
if you are not willing to do it yourself, I would look to Autobahn Premier Service.  Randy and his crew will do amazing work for a reasonable price.  Your rice quotes seem reasonable for having the work done, along with the water pump.

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« Reply #2 on: December 18, 2006, 09:34:50 PM »
those quotes sound about right.  2nd going to Randy to have it done.
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Re: Timing Belt pricing ?
« Reply #3 on: December 19, 2006, 12:30:41 AM »
I would, but I live outside the metro area, so that won't work for me. I've found several online resources that show the timing belt removal/install process, but this way outside of my skills at the present.

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« Reply #4 on: December 19, 2006, 01:48:57 AM »
Which direction outside of the Metro area?
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« Reply #5 on: December 19, 2006, 02:59:11 AM »
I'm in Estes Park. I heard there's a decent shop in Loveland called SRC Performance.

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« Reply #6 on: December 19, 2006, 03:02:57 AM »
Exactly who I was going to recommend.  http://www.scrperformance.com  (970) 203.1127.  Tell any of the guys that Ian recommended you call.
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« Reply #7 on: December 19, 2006, 03:04:18 AM »
I've got a 2000 Passat v6 (5 speed) with 102,000 miles and I have not done this repair.  I believe the original service schedule required this maintenance item to be done at around 105,000 (?) miles.  But, VW changed the mileage b/c some owners must have had some trouble.  So, while you should do this repair soon, the need to do it now is subjective.  At a minimum, have someone take a look at the belt and inspect for wear.

I could be convinced to do this repair with others with the same motor at one point (obviously I'm due) but my check book (even for parts) tells me that the earliest I could take this on would be February.  If I could find the time, I know that I could perform the work competently --- it's not that big of a deal.  Are there other out there who might be interested in doing this maintenance work also?

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« Reply #8 on: December 19, 2006, 03:12:19 AM »
A timing belt without experience takes most of an entire day.  With experience, maybe 6-7 hours.

there are some great write ups out there, even for the V6's....they help out a lot and go step by step.  Just make sure to read through it all several times before hand and that you have the required tools on hand before you start and get stuck.  Also, anticipate some bolts to be frozen solid, and possible replacements....so have a car handy to make runs to parts stores...either VW or Lowes, as they have a bunch of grade 8 metric bolts that can easily be used for replacements.

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Re: Timing Belt pricing ?
« Reply #9 on: December 19, 2006, 03:19:23 AM »
I'd love to try and tackle this job myself... if I had someone else who knew what they were doing by my side! :D

The other thing I need to do is the 80k service check. I can do most of that myself - filters, plugs, wires, etc.

Anyway, I'll think I'll go with SCR as they can help me down the road upgrade the suspension...

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« Reply #10 on: December 19, 2006, 03:25:11 PM »
Having done regular maintenance on my own, I would be cautious on the timing belt.  The risk of something going wrong and the repair cost fix it would outweigh the savings in my opinion.  I think there are too many potential hazards in things going wrong.

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« Reply #11 on: December 19, 2006, 05:34:27 PM »
My thoughts exactly!!  I know it's expensive, but I'd rather pay a professional than ruin my car trying to say a couple hundred. It took me 20 minutes to change my headlight bulb because I didn't realize that it had to go in certain way... that's not a good indicator of things to come.